Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
First Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2007 - Bulletin

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Psalm 122

The Lord comes to us in wonderfully surprising ways. Let us be prepared.

First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 All the peoples shall stream toward the Lord’s house.

Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14 It is the hour to cast off the dark and clothe ourselves in the light.

Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Stay awake! Be prepared! The Son of Man will come when you least expect.


Sunday, December 2

8:00 AM

Victor & Elpedio Manzano (D)

10:00 AM

Betty Rodriguez (L)


Prayer for Vocations

5:00 PM

People of the Parish

Monday, December 3

8:00 AM

Prayer for Vocations

Tuesday, December 4

8:00 AM

Jenna Jordan (D)

Wednesday, December 5

8:00 AM

Crispin Munoz (D)

Thursday, December 6

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Friday, December 7

8:00 AM

Roy Gatti (D)

Saturday, December 8

8:00 AM

Antonino Palomba (D)

12:00 PM

Priest’s Intention

5:00 PM

Robert & Sadie Delahoussaye (D)

COLLECTION TOTALS - November 25, 2007

First Collection Total $4,394.00
Second Collection Total $1,856.00 (Parish Improvement Fund)
Thanksgiving Total $1,349.00 (St. Vincent de Paul)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our CCD Program.

Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund.

Thank you for your continued support!

Please keep all those who are sick in our parish family in your prayers, especially:

Wallace Cain, Jack Devine, John Duran, Dawn Hassinger, and Lory Manzano.

May God bless them and their families.


Please join us for Christmas Caroling around the neighborhood on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. We will meet in the parking lot and return to the Parish Hall for fellowship and goodies. You don’t have to have a good singing voice (just a loud one) to praise God in song and delight our neighbors. Call the Rectory and sign up if you plan to join us at 583-4131. Thank-you!

A Reminder of Upcoming Events at Mater Dolorosa :

  • This coming Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Father Bill Nicholas will be speaking in the Church on “The Infancy Gospels, Part I”
  • Next Saturday, Dec. 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 8:00 a.m. and 12 Noon.
  • Next Saturday, Dec. 8th, at 6:00 p.m. is the Parish Thank You Dinner for all our volunteers. By invitation only!
  • Next Sunday, Dec. 9th, PTG Pot Luck Gathering in the Hall from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


I dreamed I had an interview with God. “So you would like to interview me?” God asked.“If you have the time” I said. God smiled. “My time is eternity.What questions do you have in mind for me?”“What surprises you most about humankind?”God answered...“That they get bored with childhood,they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.That they lose their health to make money...and then lose their money to restore their health.That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.”God’s hand took mineand we were silent for a while.And then I asked:“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.To learn to forgiveby practicing forgiveness.

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them. To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most,but is one who needs the least.To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings.To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”"Thank you for your time," I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?"God smiled and said, “Just know that I am here... always.”

-Author Unknown


Our assessment for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal (AAA) for 2008 is $43,100.
More information about this in our bulletins in February.

Our Christmas Giving Tree is up in the vestibule of the church through December 23rd. We would like you to purchase Target gift cards, rather than gifts for the needy families in our parish community. Please pick an “ornament” tag that indicates purchasing a $10.00 Target gift card. You may bring them to the rectory or drop them off in the Sunday collection basket. The members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thank you for your generosity and support!

The Mater Dolorosa Parish Community Presents: GIFTS from the HEART

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Holiday Benefit Concert Featuring The Mater Dolorosa Hallelujah Chorale & Cherubim

Under the Musical Direction of Angelita Pasamba

Friday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10.00 (Advance) $15.00 (At the Door)
Children 3 and under free
For information and tickets contact:
The Rectory Office 650-583-4131
The Event Committee 650-952-4333
Or e-mail

We are very pleased to let you know that after submitting a 2007 Grant Request Application to the GELLERT FOUNDATION, they have generously awarded Mater Dolorosa with a grant in the amount of $15,00. We are very grateful to this Foundation for their gift for the replacement our parish floor. The break-down of the cost for the parish hall floor and kitchen floor is as follows:

Asbestos Removal $ 9,588
Plumbing Removal $ 4,800
Flooring $24,050
Total $38,438

With the $15,000 grant, that leaves $23,438 remaining, that we will be paying over several months. Thank you to those who have contributed to the Parish Improvement Fund. We ask that you continue to support this worthy project. The floor looks great!

Thank you Gellert Foundation!
Thank you Mater Dolorosa Parishioners!